This Side of Nirvana by Jenkins
Memoirs of a Spiritually Challenged Buddhist

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This Side of Nirvana is a lyrically written spiritual memoir reminiscent of Dakota by Kathleen Norris. Sara Jenkins takes the reader with her on a spiritual journey: a journey to a variety of exotic places, ranging from ancient sacred sites in India to a Buddhist center ensconced in an abandoned Baptist church in Nashville, to a Buddhist retreat center in the heart of North Carolina Appalachia. In India, she accidentally takes Buddhist vows, in Nashville she studies with a former Thai Buddhist monk with a predilection for polyester leisure suits, and in North Carolina she meditates with an odd assortment of spiritual refugees, including an enraged ex-convict and an iconoclastic Zen teacher.

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Sara Jenkins is the author of Hello at Last: Embracing the Koan of Friendship & Meditation and Sweet Zen. She lives in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Cheri Huber is the founder of the Zen Center in Palo Alto, California, and the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, California. She is the author of Suffering Is Optional; There Is Nothing Wrong With You; and When You're Falling, Dive. She lives in Murphys, California.
Published October 1, 2001 by Fair Winds Press. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The storyteller's art is an ancient talent that Jenkins (Buddha Facing the Wall: Interviews with American Zen Monks) puts to good use in her autobiographical account of the spiritual restlessness that eventually led her to the calm of Buddhist practice.

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